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At Swim Two Birds. First Edition, Second Issue (1939) by Flann O'Brien on sale for €675.00
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  • At Swim Two Birds. First Edition, Second Issue (1939) by Flann O'Brien on sale for €675.00
  • At Swim Two Birds. First Edition, Second Issue (1939) by Flann O'Brien on sale for €675.00
  • At Swim Two Birds. First Edition, Second Issue (1939) by Flann O'Brien on sale for €675.00
  • At Swim Two Birds. First Edition, Second Issue (1939) by Flann O'Brien on sale for €675.00
  • At Swim Two Birds. First Edition, Second Issue (1939) by Flann O'Brien on sale for €675.00
  • At Swim Two Birds. First Edition, Second Issue (1939) by Flann O'Brien on sale for €675.00

At Swim Two Birds. First Edition, Second Issue (1939)

Flann O'Brien

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At Swim Two Birds. London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1939. First Edition, Second Issue. Pp, 315. Original pale grey cloth, title stamped in black on spine. Light dust soiling to covers, cloth tear along lower hinge of upper boards, neat ownership name to front free endpaper,  text bright and clean with light foxing to preliminary and rear leaves. Housed in cloth slipcase.  Scarce second issue. On publication some of the sheets were bound in black cloth & offered for sale at 10/6. most of this bound stock was destroyed when Longmans premises were bombed in 1940 and when only a small number had been distributed. One source states that only 82 copies came to Dublin, the centre from which one might reasonably expect the heaviest sales, and most of these would have been destined for mangling in the general fiction sections libraries. Sheet stock however remained at the printers and this was bound up in grey-green cloth and reissued in 1941 or 1942 (known as the second issue) at a new price of 3/6. His most famous work, 'At Swim' has been described one of the most amusing, wildly funny works of genius in contemporary Irish literature. Described by Graham Greene as in the 'line of Tristram Shandy and Ulysses.'

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